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Whats the ancient name of Guwahati?

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Asked by joyesh chakraborty, 21 Jan '08 11:18 pm
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The original name for Guwahati was Pragjyotishpur meaning the City of Eastern Light, on account of it being an important kingdom during the Mahabharata era. It owes its present name to the Assamese words, guwa meaning areca nut, and haat meaning market. Archeological excavations at Ambari, trace the city back to the 6th century, when it was known as Pragjyotishpura and then Durjoya, under different reigning dynasties of Varman and Pala of the Kingdom of Kamarupa. It was also said to be the naval base for the Varman rulers in the 7th century. With each dynasty the city had
. However, during the time of the Ahom conquest, Pragjyotishpur was known as Kamrup. In ancient Sanskrit literature both the names Pragjyotishpur and Kamrup were used as a designation of ancient Assam. In 1228A.D. the Ahoms, Shan tribe from Thailand entered and defeated the Kamrup ruler and established a kingdom which came to be known as Assam with its capital at Sivasagar. Most probably the modern name Assam comes f ...more
Answered by drdinesh sharma, 22 Jan '08 12:11 am

 
  
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Answered by madhavi, 21 Jan '08 11:21 pm

 
  
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